Friday, 28 July, 2017

Trump Is Wrong about Cuba, Mexican Press Highlights

Andrew Cummings | 18 June, 2017, 02:00

Cuba's government has denounced US President Donald Trump's "hostile rhetoric" in announcing new restrictions on US ties to the island nation.

Many Cuban exiles in Miami are embracing the changes President Donald Trump announced Friday to his predecessor's policies of engagement with the communist island - but some want even more. He was warmly received by Cuban-Americans and the symbolic importance of the policy wasn't lost on those in attendance at the event. Now it turns out that the anti-Cuban discourse is still in high demand. "That process has been started, you can't put the genie back in the bottle 100%", one official said.

By its part, El Universal relates that Trump is wrong about Cuba and brands as uncertain United States foreign policy.

"We will not lift sanctions on the Cuban regime until all political prisoners are freed, freedoms of assembly and expression are respected, all political parties are legalised and free and internationally supervised elections are scheduled elections", Trump said.

Members of Cuba's small but vibrant independent civil society say they fear the new policy will do more harm than good.

One of the most important changes deals with transactions with the Business Administration Group, S.A - GAESA - which will now be prohibited.

Here's what the White House says it will do.

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The Trump administration is particularly expected to single out GAESA, the Cuban military's business wing. From a USA business perspective , tightening sanctions on travel and trade with Cuba makes little sense.

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He says they must be traumatized from being targets of hate and from the deaths of two other men who also tried to intervene Friday.

In opposition to his stance on refugees fleeing persecution from the Middle East, Trump said, "America will always stand for liberty and America will always pray and cheer for the Cuban people".

Trump, taking a tougher approach against Havana after promising to do so during the presidential campaign, will outline stricter enforcement of a long-time ban on Americans going to Cuba as tourists and will seek to prevent US dollars from being used to fund what the new USA administration sees as a repressive military-dominated government.

"The new measures will attack the only sources of growth that the Cuban economy now has: tourism and the private sector", said Pavel Vidal, a Cuban economist at Pontifical Xaverian University in Colombia. His aides contend that Obama's easing of US restrictions amounted to "appeasement" and has done nothing to advance political freedoms in Cuba, while benefiting the Cuban government financially.

Trump's revised approach could see a stricter enforcement of a longtime ban on Americans travelling to Cuba as tourists, reported Al-Jazeera. Among other changes, travel for non-academic educational purposes will be limited to group travel. Obama and his aides argued that commerce and travel between the countries, which has blossomed since he relaxed the rules, would make his policy irreversible.

"The Cuban administration is a violator of human rights as much as some of the people who President Trump has praised and admired on his recent trip, such as the King of Saudi Arabia and the president of Egypt", said Peter Schechter, a Latin America specialist who most recently headed the Atlantic Council's Latin American center.

Analysts estimate that the president's maneuver would bring economic, isolation and security problems for the United States instead of benefits since Cuba will not compromise and national affairs are not negotiated. The policy also mandates regular reporting on Cuba's progress-if any-toward greater political and economic freedom.

The Cuban government rebuked those statements in a lengthy response Friday, writing that Trump's executive order betrays a double standard on human rights. The Treasury Department has issued Q&As that provide additional detail on the impact of the policy changes on American travelers and businesses.

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